Sept. 25, 2009
This week's Great Example is men's soccer captain Jonathan Zerah from Encino, Calif., spotlighted for his determination and dedication to UCSB.
As a freshman, Zerah attempted to walk-on to the nationally-ranked UCSB men's soccer team, but was cut. As a sophomore, Zerah tried out for the intercollegiate men's soccer team again, but was rejected for the second time. That year, 2006, the men's soccer team went on to become national champions. After both unsuccessful tryouts, Zerah opted to play for the UCSB club soccer team.
In his two seasons as part of the club program, Zerah honed his skills. He worked hard to improve his game with an eye on trying out for the intercollegiate team a third time.
The third time was the charm as Zerah earned a spot on the roster of the defending National Champions in 2007.
As the 2007 season evolved, Zerah proved himself an asset to the Gauchos. Near the end of the year, in his second appearance, he played so well in a match against Cal State Northridge that he earned the starting nod in both of UCSB's NCAA Tournament matches following the regular season.
In 2008, Zerah's role became even greater as he played in 20 of 22 contests, making six starts. This year, as a fifth-year senior, Zerah continues to be a key player for the Gauchos.
Watch Zerah's interview discussing his UCSB soccer experience by clicking here.